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A little piece of Italy is staking a claim to Gig Harbor Bay, where Croatian fishing fleets have a storied history.
“Nelly,” an authentic Venetian gondola, made her debut in the Pacific Northwest this month.
The black, 36-foot wooden vessel belongs to John Synco. He launched the boat two weeks ago and has already created a buzz in the maritime city with his rowing and singing.
“It’s this awesome piece of floating art and history,” said Maryanne Philichi, who with her husband, Matt, was among the first people to book a cruise on the gondola. Source: The News Tribune - View Video.
SEATTLE 9.21.2015 - High winds and choppy waves overturned two vessels Sunday on Lake Washington, including a catamaran that trapped a woman underwater and left her unconscious.
Seattle harbor police responded to the 21-foot catamaran on Sunday evening, arriving within a minute after it capsized, said Patrick Michaud of the Seattle police.
Harbor officers found the boat still on its side and two men in the water. The men were yelling that a third person was trapped under the boat and had not surfaced.
The officers went to work and about five minutes later, they found a 25-year-old woman underwater beneath the boat. She was unconscious. One officer immediately began CPR as the other radioed for medics to meet them at the dock. The woman then was taken to the hospital for treatment. Her condition was not immediately available. View full story at KOMO News:
Several people had to be rescued after a sailboat burst into flames in Vancouver’s English Bay on Wednesday afternoon.
The blaze broke out around 4:30 p.m., forcing the five people on board to flee in a small dinghy.
Multiple people reported the fire to the Coast Guard, but before emergency crews could arrive a group of Good Samaritans on a fishing trip stepped in to offer assistance. Source: CTV News.
The public water-access site on Black Lake in Thurston County will be closed Sept. 14 through Oct. 1 while work crews remove the aging boat launch and replace it with two new concrete ramps.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, which owns and maintains the public access site on the southeast corner of the lake, also plans to construct a boarding float, resurface the blacktop, and add parking spaces. A new restroom facility was installed earlier this year. View full story at The Olympian
Jacob Broselle, Tom Broselle, Aiden Peterson, Michael Peterson and Thomas Broselle (pictured left to right) stand on the shore Thursday, Sept. 3, near Ferndale. Tom and his sons Jacob and Thomas rescued Michael, Aiden and other members of the Peterson family after their boat capsized Aug. 28 about 500 yards out from Cherry Point. Photo: Evan Abell The Bellingham Herald
Sept 5th, 2015 - Five people were on a small boat when it flipped more than 500 yards from the Cherry Point shore on Friday, Aug. 28.
Four of them — Kristen Pietig, her brother, 12, daughter, 9, and father — clung to the side of the 13-foot dingy for life. Kristen’s second daughter, Ashley, 6, was stuck underneath the boat, tangled in rope.
Nobody could reach Ashley. Kristen Pietig tried to flip the boat over — unsuccessfully. One of the kids saw Ashley’s hand but couldn’t grab it.
Minutes later, another boat arrived. It wasn’t the Coast Guard or a rescue boat; it was a father and his two sons on their 21-foot boat.
The father dove in the cold water and untangled Ashley. His sons helped the other kids out.
Pietig’s father Michael Peterson, 73, was the last person in the water. He couldn’t hang on any longer and was about to let go when somebody lifted him up and placed him in the boat.
Safely out of the water, Peterson told his rescuer, “You are a hero. You just saved my whole family.” See full story at The Bellingham Herald.
SEATTLE — 9.4.2015: A Renton man convicted in a boat crash that killed a Seattle teacher was sentenced Friday afternoon. Richard Hick received 2.5 years for boating drunk, which was half of what prosecutors wanted.
A tragic scene developed just after Seafair ended Sunday night. Seattle Harbor Patrol, USCG and other rescue vessels respond to a drowning on Lake Washington in Andrews Bay. After 2 diving attempts over a hour of searching, rescue divers recovered the body of a 32 year old man in about 45 feet of water.
Witnesses said the man fell off a 20-foot pleasure craft about 150 feet offshore. The man kept popping up to the surface and going under. Witnesses tried to intervene, but they were unable to help the man as he went under for the last time. The man was not wearing a life jacket and some witnesses claimed they heard the man did not know how to swim.
A large response team gathered at Lakewood Marina on Lake Washington boulevard to assist the marine response.
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jeff Wildes from Station Seattle worked with local responders to stabilize and prepare an injured woman for transport on Lake Washington, Seattle, Aug. 2, 2015. A Seattle Police patrol boat along with Seattle Fire Dept. personnel safely transported the woman to Leschi and EMS personnel on shore.
The 19-year-old woman sustained a severe leg injury after falling off a boat and was reportedly struck on her leg by a boat propeller. The vessel involved was towed in the Leschi marina as well. Source: USCG News Room
July 2015 | SEATTLE - Motorists driving through Seattle's University District were doing plenty of double-takes overnight after someone ditched or lost a boat in the middle of the street.
The boat, complete with outboard motor, landed in the busy intersection of NE 45th Street and Montlake Boulevard.
It was an odd scene until a tow truck showed up to haul the landlocked boat away. Source: KOMO News
Sun and sails glistened on the waters of Penn Cove and Saratoga Passage as Whidbey Island Race Week 2015 wrapped up its 33rd regatta Friday, July 24.
More than 100 boats competed this summer.
Sixty-eight big boats battled in two divisions and nine classes through 11 races June 20-24.
Dinghy races were held for the first time, and 38, split over two divisions and five classes, participated in three races July 18 and 19. View full story with race results at Whidby News-Times.
KINGSTON, Wash. — Two people were rescued Monday near Kingston after their small boat overturned.
A rescue boat was lowered by the Washington State Ferry Walla Walla crew to help one of the people in the people in the water. Then another small boat came to help shortly after 11:15 a.m.
They were taken to the Port of Kingston Marina where medics evaluated the men, age 58 and 37. They were cold, but not seriously hurt. Source: KIRO TV
Sometimes, fires can start even surrounded by water. At 4:33 p.m. Monday, July 27, U.S. Coast Guard and East Jefferson Fire Rescue vessels responded to a distress call of a fire in the walls of a 32-foot boat (left) headed from the Strait of Juan de Fuca toward Port Townsend.
The emergency vessels were able to intercept the boat just north of Point Wilson and safely extinguish the fire by 5:19 p.m. Six people were aboard, two adults and four children. The boat was towed to port by Vessel Assist. Source: PT leader | Photo by Jonathan Glover
As of July 16th, 2015: This area is open Thursdays through Mondays each week through September 28th 2015. Crabbing will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Click here for details at WDFW.
SEATTLE – July 2015 – Seattle’s 37th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show gets underway Wednesday Sept. 16th at 11am and continues through Sunday 20th, 2015. From ski boats to sailboats, trawlers to super yachts and everything in between, Boats Afloat has it all. It brings you all the best of boating in one place on beautiful South Lake Union, in sunny September. The show is open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm weekdays and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm weekends.
At the show you’ll find there’s a boat for every budget, activity and lifestyle. More than 50 distinct brands of yachts, brokers, and dealers from Washington, Oregon, California, Florida and British Columbia, Canada will display their boats. More than four dozen shore side exhibitors with professional services from marine finance and insurance to electronics, marinas, shipping, yacht linens and yacht maintenance will also exhibit at the show. And if that weren’t enough to entice you, there are tons of fun attractions for the entire family. View full press release here.
Current Seafair Board Chair to Serve as Interim Chief Operating Officer; Knox to Depart at the End of August
Seafair Board Executive Team Applauds Knox’s Leadership; Has Begun National Search for Replacement
SEATTLE – Seafair, Seattle’s award-winning premier summer festival, today announced that President and CEO Beth Knox will end her 10-year tenure with the organization following this year’s festival. Knox will step down effective Aug. 31.
The nonprofit organization’s board Executive Committee has begun a national search for her replacement. In the meantime, Seafair Festival Board Chair David Willis has been appointed to the interim role of chief operating officer, to ensure continuity through the transition. To do so, he has resigned from the volunteer board. View full press release here.
Beth came under fire last year when she denied Fallen Soldiers group to march in last year's Torchlight Parade and was pressured to reverse course. No word if this was the catalyst of the cause but it will be interesting how this years events play out as most of the current staff is fairly new to Seafair.
King 5 report and update on deadly crash:
On Saturday night July 4th > Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, in Seattle, were notified by Pierce County 911 operators of an alcohol-related collision between two boats and four people in the water at 11 p.m. A boat carrying four people reportedly collided with another boat carrying two people, resulting in serious injuries. The vessel carrying four people then capsized, sending four people into ...the water. Pierce County marine units transferred the two injured people to Harborview Medical Center.
Pierce County marine units recovered the three other people from the water. The operator of the boat was subsequently arrested by the Tacoma Police Department and taken into custody. The fourth person from the capsized vessel is still missing. None of the people in the water were reportedly wearing life jackets.
On Sunday July 5th the Coast Guard suspended the active search for a missing boater near Tacoma, Sunday at 1 p.m.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 30, 2015 – Owners with outboard powered boats have lived with portable fuel tanks for years, but recent well-intentioned efforts to stop smog-causing gas fumes from escaping by eliminating the familiar two-way vent is causing new concerns. Without a vent – typically a small screw type fixture on the tank’s cap or top – a portable tank can swell up like a balloon in the hot sun with the internal pressure forcing gas into the outboard where it can spew inside the cowling, eventually dribbling out. It’s a wise move to install an inexpensive fuel-demand valve in the fuel line that will prevent any gas from reaching the motor unless the motor calls for it, and BoatUS has a video and easy to follow instructions to show you how.
“Our members are telling us that the new tanks aren’t all they are cracked up to be,” said BoatUS Magazine Executive Editor Mike Vatalaro. “These new EPA compliant portable tanks and jerry jugs have special fittings that greatly reduce evaporative emissions from gasoline. But where traditional tanks simply vent to the atmosphere, the new tanks won’t vent until the internal pressure reaches five pounds per square inch. In the meantime, fuel could be forced up the fuel line into the outboard, many of which have no means to hold it back.”
“Leaving the tank disconnected just results in the same gush of gas once you do hook it up, either from the tank end or through the engine,” added Vatalaro. “Installing an inexpensive fuel-demand valve in the fuel line will prevent any gas from reaching the motor unless the motor calls for it.” The video and instructions can be viewed below.
The video was done in partnership with the American Boat & Yacht Council (abycinc.com) and is part of BoatUS Magazine’s Practical Boater series that offers skills building, techniques and best practices to get the most out of boating. Source: Boat U.S.
SEATTLE -- Look at any marina around the Puget Sound area and you'll see plenty of boats, but how often do they get used? In Seattle, there's a tradition that's getting sailors and their crew out on the water every Thursday. And if you haven't experienced it, now may be the perfect time to try.
Elliott Bay Marina hosts the Downtown Sailing Series for the sole purpose of getting people out there on the water.
"If you only take your boat out four weekends a year, then you're not really a safe person because you know you're just not comfortable," said Dwight Jones, general manager at the marina and co-founder of the series. "You get out every Thursday for 10 weeks, you're a much better boater and that's the whole idea."
Even though it starts at the marina, you don't have to keep a boat there to get involved. All sailboats are welcome; the skippers race around three different buoys, cruising from the marina to downtown Seattle, then back up to Magnolia.
"The sailors have gotten better, the boating, quality of boating, the safety, people have just become much better sailors," Jones said. "Because of this, everybody's just having a good time now instead of worrying about the rules of the road."
And this weekly sailing series is not just for boaters. Non-boaters can sign up for a chance to get on one of the boats. The Seattle Sailing Club sponsors a few boats each week that take guests on board, who can either choose to jump into action with the rest of the crew or just sit back and enjoy the ride.
And of course, anyone and everyone should come check it out at least once from a land lover's perspective. All you need to do is choose your vantage point of Elliott Bay. You could pack a picnic lunch and hang out in a park on Queen Anne, the Magnolia bluff or down in Olympic Sculpture Park.
The series starts at 7 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 6 and usually wraps up by 8 p.m. | Source: KOMO News
June 2015: Cape Cod, Mass.— Jeppesen’s C-MAP 4D electronic charts are now compatible with a range of new Raymarine multifunction displays (MFDs) and Dragonfly chartplotters, bringing trusted C-MAP data and a host of innovative features to a broad audience of boaters around the world. In addition to working with new-model Raymarine MFDs, C-MAP4D is also compatible with existing Raymarine MFDs sold after December 2011 (once owners take advantage of a free update to Raymarine’s latest LightHouse II software). This update is currently available through Raymarine’s website or through authorized Raymarine dealers. View full story at Sea Magazine.
ORIGINAL JUNE 22: Power boat run ashore.
Police in Lake Country are investigating the case of a power boat being run ashore in Okanagan Centre....
The 26-foot cabin cruiser was discovered grounded about 8:30 a.m., about 100 metres south of the Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour.
"The boat was run right out of the water and almost into the woods," said Lake Country Fire Chief Steve Windsor.
While RCMP say there is no indication at this point the boat was stolen, they have not been able to reach the registered owner, and Windsor said it is suspected the owner may not have been behind the wheel.
No one was in the boat when fire rescue arrived on scene; it appeared as if it had been abandoned.
RCMP spokesman Cpl. Joe Duncan said three people were witnessed walking away from the area and getting into a white truck, which then left the area.
Source: Kelowna News | link to story.